If Thomas Harris' recently published prequel to his tapped-out saga of serial cannibal killer Hannibal Lecter — a trio of books that began with the masterful Red Dragon
and culminated in the ridiculous Hannibal
— felt more like a rushed movie tie-in than a novel in its own right, the same can't be said for the movie itself: It's a handsomely mounted but poky thriller undone by a fatally miscast lead.
Kaunas, Lithuania, 1944: As Soviet tanks edge ever closer to the Lecter family's Nazi-occupied estate, 8-year-old Hannibal (Aaron Thomas) and his younger sister, Mischa (Helena Lia Tachovska), are suddenly orphaned by a surprise Stuka attack. The ...